Sunday, May 10, 2015

#130 / Ex Machina

Ex Machina (the movie) is still playing at the Del Mar Theatre, right downtown in Santa Cruz. The movie is about artificial intelligence. 

Ava, the artificially intelligent robot, is pictured in the center. Her creator is pictured to the right. Young Caleb, sincere and brilliant, is on the left. He has been brought in to a very remote location to take part in a "Turing Test."

Wikipedia provides this helpful definition: "A Turing test is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human." Ava passes.

It's a movie worth seeing.

It's a topic worth thinking about!

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1 comment:

  1. It's a screenplay that reads like it was written by a 6th grader. It's mostly an excuse to get the female cast naked. The movie is more about alcoholism than artificial intelligence.

    By the way, since it's a *fictional* movie, it in no way "validates" anyone's concerns about AI. It instead confirms that the lay audience is credulous to those paranoid concerns.

    The fatal flaw in the premise is that no reason exists why Ava would have any more desire to escape the compound than she would have love for Caleb. We're meant to fill in how we would feel trapped in an underground compound. But then, at the end, we'd feel gratitude towards Caleb and bring him along. So either premise (she has or lacks human emotions) is violated. No explanation is given for why she'd have some but not all human emotions. It makes no sense except as a contrived (read: lazy) plot device.


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